A truck reported stolen from a Sulphur Springs residence overnight Thursday was reportedly used in two attempted ATM thefts in Rains County.
Sulphur Springs Police Department was contacted early Friday morning, Nov. 22, by Rains County authorities, after a pickup allegedly used in two attempted ATM thefts, one unsuccessful attempt an Emory bank and another in Alba. The suspects in Rains County reportedly abandoned the pickup after getting it stuck, according to police reports.
While processing the vehicle, they learned it belonged to a Sulphur Springs resident and contacted police in Sulphur Springs. Officials then contacted the owner, who wasn’t aware his truck was no longer where he parked it at 7 p.m. Nov. 21. The truck was believed to have been stolen between 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and 3:45 a.m. Nov. 22.
Authorities from Sulphur Springs and Emory Police Departments and Rains County Sheriff’s Officers are working together on the Rains County ATM theft attempts and the stolen pickup cases. At least two suspects were believed to have been involved in these offenses, according to police.
Sulphur Springs Police investigators said based on preliminary investigations, they do not believe at this time that the Rains County cases are related to the Sulphur Springs case in which a stolen van was used by at least three masked people to remove an ATM from Pilot Travel Center Nov. 19. The van was found nearby a short time later on Rockdale Road and found to have been stolen from Dallas. Police searched the area but found neither any suspects nor the ATM taken from Pilot.
Anyone with information regarding the Pilot Travel Center ATM theft suspects’ whereabouts are encouraged to call Lake Country Crime Stoppers at 903-885-2020. Tips are handled in such a way that the caller’s identify remains confidential.